How Alaska is Addressing Environmental Justice
- How Does Alaska Define Environmental Justice and Environmental Justice Communities?
- How Does Alaska Consider Environmental Justice in its Substantive Actions?
- How Does Alaska Address Environmental Justice in its Procedures?
- Additional Alaska Environmental Justice Provisions
- Alaska Environmental Justice Contacts
- Where to Find Alaska Environmental Justice Laws, Policies, and Tools
(with full citations) All States & Territories
How Does Alaska Define Environmental Justice and Environmental Justice Communities?
Environmental Justice Definitions
Alaska does not have any environmental justice laws or policies, and mainly follows the federal government’s definitions and requirements on nondiscrimination in the use of federal funds.
Environmental Justice Mapping Tools
While not environmental justice specific, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) maintains a searchable database of state landfills, solid waste treatment facilities, and solid waste storage facilities with status, location, authorizations (permits), and contacts for each site.
How Does Alaska Consider Environmental Justice in its Substantive Actions?
Environmental Justice as a Policy of the Environmental Agency or Across All Agencies
Consideration of Environmental Justice in Permitting
Consideration of Environmental Justice in Enforcement
Consideration of Environmental Justice in Land Use
DEC oversees the cleanup of brownfields and assists community organizations in the cleanup projects, although there is no specific environmental justice nexus in the discharge of this responsibility. As DEC notes, “[b]rownfields are abandoned, unused, or underused properties that are hindered from desired reuse or redevelopment by real or perceived environmental contamination.” The brownfields program strives to “work with local governments, tribes, and community stakeholders by providing information, funding, technical assistance, and other resources to facilitate the assessment, cleanup, and reuse of brownfields.” Partnership with local entities – city and borough governments, tribal councils, Native corporations, and community development organizations – is furthered through DEC Brownfield Assessments and Cleanups (DBACs). DBACs identify “contamination at a property, evaluate how the contamination could be managed to facilitate future use, and provide an estimate of cleanup costs.”
State Environmental Policy Act “Mini-NEPA”
Dedicated Funding to Environmental Justice Communities
Consideration of Cumulative Impacts
Prohibitions on Disparate Impact Discrimination
Established Environmental Rights
How Does Alaska Address Environmental Justice in its Procedures?
Environmental Justice as Part of Environmental Agency’s Mission
Environmental Justice as Part of Other Agency’s Mission
Processes and Procedures (including Title VI)
The Alaska Department of Transportation (ADOT) and Public Facilities maintains a Title VI website, laying out its commitment to federal nondiscrimination law and setting out an annual review of its efforts to foster outreach and manage LEP issues.
Enhanced Public Participation and Information Access
Discrimination complaints may be filed with ADOT’s Civil Rights Office; translations are available in Spanish, Tagalog, and Korean.
Consultation with Indigenous Communities and Tribal Nations
Governmental Environmental Justice Structures, Positions, and Funding Streams
Environmental Justice Coordinating Agency
Environmental Justice Coordinator
Environmental Justice Advisory Board
Funding for Environmental Justice
Additional Alaska Environmental Justice Provisions
Alaska Environmental Justice Contacts
Alaska Department of Transportation
PO Box 112500 (mailing)
3132 Channel Drive
Juneau, Alaska 99811-2500
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
2200 E. 42nd Avenue
PO Box 196900
Anchorage, AK 99519-6900
Telephone: (907) 465-5061
Where to Find Alaska Environmental Justice Laws, Policies, and Tools
Legislation and Statutes